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Top 5 Certifications that Will Get You Your Dream Job in IT Industry

Top 5 Certifications that Will Get You Your Dream Job in IT Industry

The IT market is booming. There are a huge number of jobs being created by the day – 165 million jobs in the US by 2020.

Yes, this usually means there will be mass hiring with a lot of varied positions opened.

But companies want professionals with skills – skills that mean something to the industry, they want professionals who are certified.

Certifications get your skills up to speed with the latest developments in the industry. Due to their maintenance requirements, these credentials expect you to keep yourself updated with constant training. Besides, a certified professional earns at least two times more than a non-certified professional.

Simplilearn conducted a survey to check which of the certifications are going to take the top 5 positions in 2017. And here is what they found:

1. Project Management Professional (PMP®)

Project Management Professional stands first on the list of the top 5 certifications. An internationally recognized professional credential offered by the PMI® (Project Management Institute), PMP is one that lands professionals the top most jobs in the industry. Attaining this credential signifies that you understand the universal project management language. You are also connected to a large community of professionals, experts, and organizations worldwide in the same industry.

Where can you get certification training?

Simplilearn’s PMP® training course is designed to ensure that you pass your PMP exam at the first attempt. Their hands-on training approach helps your understand the working of the 5 process groups and the 10 knowledge areas that are defined in the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition. With simulation exams, practice tests, industry case studies, and mentorship from global thought leaders, you can be sure to get the entire package learning experience you are looking for.

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    2. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

    The certification to bag the second spot is the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. This certification is for those individuals who have basic experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS software. The exam covers a range of topics like designing on AWS, selecting the appropriate AWS services, ingress and egress of data to and from the AWS, estimating AWS costs and identifying cost-control measures.

    What does the income look like?

    Well, as a certified AWS Solutions Architect Associate, your average annual salary is $125,871.

    What is criteria you need to meet?

    If you are planning on taking up this certification, here’s what you need to meet the criteria:

    • 1-2 years of hands-on experience designing available, fault tolerant, cost efficient, and scalable distributed systems on AWS.
    • In-depth knowledge of at least one high-level programming language.
    • The ability to identify and define requirements for an AWS-based application.
    • The experience to deploy hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components.
    • The capability to provide best practices to build secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform.

    Where can you get certification training?

    Simplilearn’s AWS Solution Architect Associate training program is designed to help you develop well-rounded skills to kick-start your journey with AWS. With industry expert, Bernard Golden, as the course instructor, you will learn how AWS redefines the rules of architecting IT infrastructure. You will also lean Amazon’s best practices. One of the few companies who offer hands-on experience in AWS, their AWS Solutions Architect Associate training course comes with access to an AWS labs for hands-on learning.

    3. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

    Third on the list is the CISSP certification from (ISC)2. This certification is ideal for those candidates with proven deep managerial and technical competence skills, credibility, and experience to design, implement, engineer, and manage the information security program to protect organizations from growing sophisticated attacks.

    What does their income look like?

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    As a CISSP, your average annual salary will be $121,923.

    What is the criteria you need to meet?

    If you want to pursue this certification, you will need to first have five years of cumulative paid full-time work experience in two of the eight domains in the (ISC)2 CISSP CBL®.

    You could receive one year of waiver if you have a four year college degree or regional equivalent or an additional credential from the (ISC)2 approved list. If you do get this waiver, you will only need four years of full-time professional security work experience in two or more of the eight domains in the CISSP CBK®.

    How many people hold this certification?

    As of the 4th of October 2016, there are 110,408 (ISC)2 members holding the CISSP certification worldwide. Don’t let this number scare you. CISSPs are still in extreme demand.

    Where can you get your certification training?

    Simplilearn’s CISSP certification training is aligned to the (ISC) ² CBK 2015 and trains you in the industry’s latest best practices, which will help you ace the exam in the first attempt. With cyber expert Joseph Steinberg leading the class, this training will help you define the architecture, and design and manage the security of your organization as well as develop working knowledge in the eight domains areas prescribed by the CISSP Common Book of Knowledge, 2015.

    4. ITIL® v3 Foundation

    Coming in 4th on the list is the ITIL® v3 Foundation certification. This certification gives you a basic understanding of the key elements, concepts, and terminologies that are used in the ITIL® service lifecycle.

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    What does the take home look like?

    Getting certified in ITIL® v3 Foundation gets you an average annual salary of $99,869.

    What is the criteria you need to meet?

    This certification has no prerequisites that you will need to fulfil. In fact, this certification acts like a prerequisite if you plan on taking up the next level ITIL certifications.

    Where can you get your training?

    Simplilearn’s ITIL Foundation certification training gives you a general awareness of the key elements, concepts, and terminology used in the ITIL service lifecycle. With mentorship from Manuel Llyod, IT service expert, the training is designed to ensure that you pass your exam in the first attempt.

    5. Data Scientist

    “Data Scientist” is the pinnacle rank in an analytics organization. Glassdoor has ranked Data Scientist first in the 25 Best Jobs for 2016. With the amount of data being generated every day, companies are on the lookout for data scientists with the ability to keep with the changing need of the industry.

    What is the take home?

    As a certified data scientist, your average annual salary will be $118,709.

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    What are the skills you will need to become a data scientist and the criteria you need to meet?

    1. Python Coding – The most common coding language, Python is required in this role, along with Java, Perl, or C/C++.
    2. Understanding of the Hadoop Platform – There isn’t usually always a requirement to know Hadoop, but it is preferred. Having experience in Pig or Hive is a strong selling point.
    3. SQL Database/ Coding – At interviews you will still be judged on your ability to write and execute complex queries in SQL, so knowing the language is a must.
    4. Unstructured data – It is an absolute must that you are able to work with unstructured data no matter where it comes from.

    You will need to have a few years of relevant work experience to take up any data science certification exam from any institute.

    Where can you get your certification training?

    Simplilearn recently launched a revolutionary product called the Masters Program, which is a set of selected number of courses that are chosen according to an industry recommended learning path. This gives you the perfect road to follow with you are looking to become an expert.

    Their Data Scientist Masters Program is a bundle that offers 5 of the most-wanted Data Science courses in the industry. This program has been designed keeping in mind the requirements of the new wave of demand for strong analytics professionals. It equips you with all the conceptual and technical skills that are required for the ultimate position in the analytics industry. This program comes with access to high-quality eLearning content, simulation exams, a community moderated by experts, and other resources that will help you land your dream role.

    So there you go – the top 5 certifications you might just want to consider. There were couple of other certifications that stood out, but due to a lower number of respondents, they were not listed.

    It’s time to take your career to the next level. Get certified and stay on top of your game.

    Good luck!

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    How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

    How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

    We live in a world of massive distraction. No matter where you are today, there is always going to be distractions. Your colleagues talking about their latest date, notification messages popping up on your screens, and not just your mobile phone screens. And even if you try to find a quiet place, there will always be someone with a mobile device that is beeping and chirping.

    With all these distractions, it is incredibly difficult to concentrate on anything for very long. Something will distract you and that means you will find it very difficult to focus on anything.

    So how to focus and concentrate better? How to focus better and produce work that lifts us and takes us closer towards achieving our outcomes?

    1. Get Used to Turning off Your Devices

    Yes, I know this one is hard for most people. We believe our devices are so vital to our lives that the thought of turning them off makes us feel insecure. The reality is they are not so vital and the world is not going to end within the next thirty minutes.

    So turn them off. Your battery will thank you for it. More importantly though is when you are free from your mobile distraction addiction, you will begin to concentrate more on what needs to get done.

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    You do not need to do this for very long. You could set a thirty-minute time frame for being completely mobile free. Let’s say you have an important piece of work to complete by lunchtime today. Turn off your mobile device between 10 am and 11 am and see what happens.

    If you have never done this before, you will feel very uncomfortable at first. Your brain will be fighting you. It will be telling you all sorts of horror stories such as a meteorite is about to hit earth, or your boss is very angry and is trying to contact you. None of these things is true, but your brain is going to fight you. Prepare yourself for the fight.

    Over time, as you do this more frequently, you will soon begin to find your brain fights you less and less. When you do turn on your device after your period of focused work and discover that the world did not end, you have not lost an important customer and all you have are a few email newsletters, a confirmation of an online order you made earlier and a text message from your mum asking you to call about dinner this weekend, you will start to feel more comfortable turning things off.

    2. Create a Playlist in Your Favourite Music Streaming App

    Many of us listen to music using some form of music streaming service, and it is very easy to create our own playlists of songs. This means we can create playlists for specific purposes.

    Many years ago, when I was just starting to drive, there was a trend selling driving compilation tapes and CDs. The songs on these tapes and CDs were uplifting driving music songs. Songs such as C W McCall’s Convoy theme and the Allman Brothers Band’s, Jessica. They were great songs to drive to and helped to keep us awake and focused while we were driving.

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    Today, we can create playlists to help us to focus on our work. Choose non-vocal music that has a low tempo. Music from artists such as Ben Böhmer, Ilan Bluestone or Andrew Bayer has the perfect tempo.

    Whenever you want to go into deep, focused work, listen to that playlist. What happens is your brain soon associates when you listen to the playlist you created with focused work and it’s time to concentrate on what it is you want to do.

    3. Have a Place to Go to When You Need to Concentrate

    If you eat, surf online and read at your desk, you will find your desk a very distracting place to do your work. One way to get your brain to understand it is focused work time is, to use the same place each time for just focused work.

    This could be a quiet place in your office, or it could be a special coffee shop you use specifically for focused work. Again, what you are doing is associating an environment with focus.

    Just as with having a playlist to listen to when you want to concentrate, having a physical place that accomplishes the same thing will also put you in the right frame of mind to be more focused.

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    When you do find the right place to do your focused work, then only do focused work there. Never surf, never do any online shopping. Just do your work and then leave. You want to be training your brain to associate focused work with that environment and nothing else.

    If you need to make a phone call, respond to an email or message, then go outside and do it. From now on, this place is your special working place and that is all you use it for.

    Every morning, I do fifteens minutes of meditation. Each time, I sit down to do my meditation, I use the same music playlist and the same place. As soon as I put my earphones in and sit down in this place, my mind immediately knows it is meditation time and I become relaxed and focused almost immediately. I have trained my brain over a few months to associate a sound and a place with relaxed, thoughtful meditation. It works.

    4. Get up and Move

    We humans have a limited attention span. How long you can stay focused for depends on your own personal makeup. It can range from between twenty minutes to around two hours. With practice, you can stay focused for longer, but it takes time and it takes a lot of practice.

    When you do find yourself being unable to concentrate any longer, get up from where you are and move. Go for a walk, move around and get some air. Do something completely different from what you were doing when you were concentrating.

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    If you were writing a report in front of a screen, get away from your screens and look out the window and appreciate the view. Take a walk in the local park, or just walk around your office. You need to give your brain completely different stimuli.

    Your brain is like a muscle. There is only so much it can do before it fatigues. If you are doing some focused work in Photoshop and then switch to surfing the internet, you are not giving your brain any rest. You are still using many of the same parts of your brain.

    It’s like doing fifty pushups and then immediately trying to do bench presses. Although you are doing a different exercise, you are still exercising your chest. What you need to be doing to build up superior levels of concentrated focus is, in a sense, do fifty pushups and then a session of squats. Now you are exercising your chest and then your legs. Two completely different exercises.

    Do the same with your brain. Do focused visual work and then do some form of movement with a different type of work. Focused visual work followed by a discussion with a colleague about another unrelated piece of work, for example.

    The Bottom Line

    It is not difficult to train your brain to become better at concentrating and focusing, but you do need to exercise deliberate practice. You need to develop the intention to focus and be very strict with yourself.

    Set time aside in your calendar and make sure you tell your colleagues that you will be ‘off the grid’ for a couple of hours. With practice and a little time, you will soon find yourself being able to resist temptations and focus better.

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